I recently had one of the worst training experiences of my life. I know what you’re going to say; “Whoa there, drama queen. Take it easy.” But I am serious as a heart attack. The exact heart attack I nearly had when I dropped in at a gym last weekend. Let me preface this by saying that I have had the good fortune to travel all around the globe and visit all kinds of training facilities. Most of those experiences have been overwhelmingly positive which make my recent episode all the more jarring.
The gym did not resemble a crime scene, frat house, or the set of any of the Saw movies. The staff was not rude, egotistical, or unkempt. The other patrons were not assholes, hateful, or Dennis Rodman (I’ve met him and he is a complete douche). If you’re a fairly novice “athlete” or potential gym member, these are the things you’re going to notice. If you are a coach, experienced lifter, or educated in S&C, you’re thinking – "I don’t care if the bathroom is clean, is my training going to improve here?"
Caveat: I don’t’ think that one visit to a gym is enough to write the whole program off. However, I do think my dad was on to something when he said “You only have one chance to make a first impression”. Which is why when I initially went to the CFFB Seminar as an attendee in 2009, I made sure to ask no less than 1,000 questions and style my hair differently on both days. The point is, although you are experiencing a fraction of a given program, certain elements should always exist that indicate that the system is effective as a whole.
We have had a lot of great guests on Power Athlete Radio recently who have all expressed a sentiment of basically growing into your own as a coach. We have provided countless tools to you, Power Athlete Nation, to empower you to better assess and progress athletes by way of screening movement or becoming a Power Coach.
However, beyond all that are some broad concepts that I’ve come to learn through coaching, leading seminars, and being in countless gyms that tie the entire experience together. I'm talking about a few aspects of training that are so fundamental that regardless of how far along in your career in S&C you are, you can refer back to periodically to ensure the “See the forest for the trees” mantra is still active.
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A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.
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